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Written on March 27, 2011 – 8:37 pm | by john sutton

“The teacher’s in-tray, it’s a hospice where children’s writing goes to die.” Just one of the pithy quotes from Bill Lord in his inspiring, witty and challenging presentation at #CISC11 yesterday. This was followed by Matt Woods showing us how he uses video to stimulate writing, and David Mitchell doing a remarkable double act with Pie Corbett and his Year 6s. Remarkable because Pie was in Middlesbrough, David was in Chorlton and Year 6 at school in Bolton. David used Coveritlive to remotely manage a highly successful literacy lesson which contrasts remarkably with the amount of faff involved in setting up video conferences on school broadband networks. Read the lesson here.

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In the afternoon session, Peter Ford challenged delegates to consider how they gave true responsibility to their bloggers and how they would seek to foster habitual writers that might continue beyond Year 6. He also examined some of the ways that Creative Blogs can facilitate exciting and innovative blogging through the setting up of location based blog projects, inline commenting and gallery based blogs using specialist themes such as Commentpress.

Judging by the feedback received so far, the event was an outstanding success, and we’re turning our thoughts to our next event. If you have an Inset day coming up and you might be interested in hosting such a conference, please get in touch.

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Engaging children with writing through blogs

Written on February 16, 2011 – 6:16 pm | by john sutton

Welcome to the Chorlton Park Spring ICT Conference blog. This Year’s conference is all about harnessing the power of blogs to engage young writers.

We have a line up featuring some of the best educational bloggers in the business, so whether you are a school that is thinking about developing writing through blogs; you already blog but want to extend your ideas; or you just know that writing is an issue in your school, then this is a date you won’t want to miss.

Speakers include award winning teacher, David Mitchell, whose work with blogging at Heathfield primary school in Bolton has rapidly gained international recognition; Bill Lord whose knowledge of the pedagogy of literacy is unsurpassed; and Peter Ford who was blogging with children in the classroom before most of us ever heard the term “blog”.

Places are strictly limited to 30 delegates.

Date: Friday March 25th, 2011
Chorlton Park Primary School, Manchester

Book here